MONEY & MEDALS
Shropshire Museums Collections Centre
Shropshire SY8 2PG
tel: +44 (0)1743 258891
Contact details: Emma-Kate Lanyon
Date of visit: 4 December 2019
Nature and extent of collection
1,650 pieces. Comprehensive collection of coins, medals, banknotes, tokens and associated numismatic objects related to Shropshire.
All numbers below are estimated
Greek coins: More than 30 Ancient Greek bronze coins, mixed dates and locations, including several replicas.
Iron Age coins: 7 staters, plus the Claverley Iron Age Hoard.
Roman coins: Over 1,000 Roman coins, bagged in boxes, from excavations carried out over several decades at the site. The coins are mostly recorded and indexed. Mainly from Wroxeter.
Walter Stubbs collection of over 150 denarii, mostly Roman Republican and some Imperial.
British coins: Around 200 early medieval-early modern British series, mostly from the Shrewsbury Mint.
Shrewsbury Mint Civil War issues: Pound, 1/2 Pound, Crown, 1/2 Crown, Shilling, mostly from 1642.
1902 Maundy Specimen set of Edward VII coins.
British tokens: More than 40 Coalbrookdale tokens, 1790s.
More than 100 pub checks, tallies and assorted tokens, including love tokens.
European coins: A small number.
Asian coins: A small number, including some Chinese coins.
Middle Eastern coins: A small number.
African coins: A small number.
American coins: A small number.
Modern and paper money: More than 20 provincial banknotes and assorted cheques, mostly from Shropshire and Staffordshire. This collection also includes some foreign banknotes and a New Decimal Coinage presentation set.
Medals: Around 100 British Historic Medals. This collection includes Much Wenlock Olympian Society medals, royal jubilee medals, a CBE, school attendance and Sunday School medals, religious and horticultural medals and a Whitchurch Ladies Club medal. This collection also includes some military medals plus some framed electrotype replica medals produced and distributed by the British Museum.
Paranumismatica: A small number, mainly lead tokens but also some British Armed Forces special vouchers.
Other: 2 framed sets of electrotype replica coins produced and distributed by the British Museum.
Specific strengths: The numismatic collection features several hoards (mostly Roman and some medieval) from the locality. Local mint coins from the medieval period and seventeenth century.
Library: We have a small collection of numismatic volumes and access to the PAS project library.
Proportion of collection on database: Around 20%
How much detail in database entries? Minimal detail currently.
Are images incorporated? Yes, around 150 records contain images.
Is the database accessible to the public? Yes, copies of catalogue records can be provided or searched at our museums.
Is the database publicly accessible online? Yes, in part. Some items can be viewed on www.shropshiremuseums.com and work is ongoing to provide access to all catalogue entries through www.discovershropshire.org.uk
Are there permanent numismatic displays? Not purely numismatic.
Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes, at Much Wenlock, Ludlow and Shrewsbury.
Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.
Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? No.
Access to the collection
Is there a study facility? Yes, at Ludlow and Shrewsbury.
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes.
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? There is a small handling collection which is mainly comprised of replicas.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? To a limited extent.
Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? To a limited extent.
Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? There is a numismatics related interactive at Much Wenlock Museum - a paper press to make coins.
ID and public enquiries
Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? Yes.
Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? No, but we host the FLO for Shropshire and Herefordshire and receive some advice and support through the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? See above.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A